The editor of Time Inc. has apparently decided that even media barons aren’t above the law. The publisher of the New York Times disapproves.
I suppose being a fifth-generation hereditary media baron would tend to make you even more arrogant than even an ordinary media baron. Still, bragging about one’s prior exploits in defying lawful court orders seems, to me, a bit over the top.
Now, the New York Times is, in my estimation, an overwhelmingly positive force, despite its many flaws. More generally, everyone on the reality-based side of the current political wars ought to stand behind legitimate newsgathering organizations in their stuggle against their avowed enemies in the government and the extra-governmental elements of the VRWC and their pseudo-competitors in the tame Murdoch-and-Moon press. (The Kaus/Reynolds axis of bloggic right-wing media criticism tends to ignore the fact that virtually all blogging is parasitic on underlying newsgathering activity.)
But regarding the genuine news media as allies of reality in its war with fantasy doesn’t require ignoring instances of media misconduct and arrogance.